Beyond the MBA Classroom: Fuqua Fridays and End-of-Term Parties

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Every Friday evening, students, partners, professors and administrators at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business meet for drinks and snacks at the Fox Center for Fuqua Fridays. One second year told mbaMission, “Fuqua Friday’s a really great way to bring everyone together in the same place. It provides a chance to unwind.” It is the primary regular event at which the school’s greater community comes together—one-half to three-quarters of the student body usually attends. Some Fuqua Fridays have themes, such as Casino Night, a version of television’s Top Chef or Iron Chef, an International Food Festival and Green Week. Another second-year student we interviewed insisted that Fuqua Friday is one school event that is not to be missed, adding, “It brings everyone together when we are in a positive mind-set.”

At the end of each term, students let off steam at an End-of-Term Party organized by the MBA Association—including a Halloween party, a luau and a black-tie optional party. These events sometimes draw as many as 500 attendees, if not more. A second-year student told mbaMission, “[The] end-of-term parties are crazy. [They’re] a huge part of our fabric and a way to spend social time bonding with people you might not see outside of class. They’re a huge reason why I love this school.”

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Duke Fuqua and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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